On July 2, 2020, the Mount Baker Council leadership made the difficult decision to cancel Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Fire Mountain for 2020.
While camp and our staff were ready to safely host Summer Camp, one of our guiding principles – camp will be run in accordance with guidance from local authorities – has forced us to take this action. A criterion to hold Summer Camp was that Skagit County be in Phase 3 by the opening day of camp. After extensive conversations with the Skagit County Health Department it has been made clear to us that due to the increase in reported COVID-19 cases the expected move to Phase 3 has been delayed. The expected length of this delay means that we will be unable to open Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Fire Mountain on time or within a time frame that makes providing camp weeks feasible.
Our Camp Program Team, Safe Start Committee, and staff have put in countless hours to plan a safe, fun, and challenging program for our Scouts. We appreciate their hard work and dedication. Summer Camp, and other activities at Fire Mountain, will be enhanced going forward due to the diligence and creative thinking of these groups.
With the change in summer camp plans, we are looking at ways to open camp – under strict protocols and guidelines – to units and Scouting families. Fire Mountain will only be made available once we have finalized small group protocols and have determined that state and county guidelines can be followed. Look for more information at a later date with any restrictions and availability.
While we will miss seeing Scouts in the summer of 2020, we look forward to seeing everyone during the 2021 Summer Camp season when we kick off our “Purchase to Program” event culminating in the 50th Anniversary of Fire Mountain in 2022.
Thank you for your understanding of this decision. See you in 2021!
The Mount Baker Council